Burton L. Ekern, 77, of Chaseburg

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Burton L. Ekern, 77, of Chaseburg died peacefully on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Mayo Health System in La Crosse.

 He was born on April 4, 1940 to Lawrence and Martha (Midtlien) Ekern. He graduated from Westby High School in 1958. He worked at G. Heileman Brewery for over 40 years and was a life-long member of Middle Coon Valley Lutheran Church.Burt was an avid sports fan, spending most of his life coaching baseball in Chaseburg and Coon Valley. He was a diehard fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Chicago Cubs, and spent many nights at the bowling alley and days on the golf course.  Burt also enjoyed raising tobacco, hunting ginseng, playing cards and traveling with his children.

He is survived by 3 children: Dawn (Tim) Shelton of Onalaska, Michelle of Onalaska and Brett (Kristina) of Rochester Hills, MI; two grandchildren: Addison and Amelia; two sisters: Eunice Goettel and Joan Anderson; two sisters-in-law: Carol Ekern and Eleanor Ekern.



Sheryl A. Pederson, 59, of La Crosse

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Sheryl “Petie” Pederson, 59 of La Crosse, passed away Sunday Sept. 10th, 2017 at the Onalaska Care Center. She was born Dec. 19th, 1957 in La Crosse to Wayne and Phyllis (Koll) Kuester. She graduated from Westby High School in 1976, where she met the love of her life, Terry. Sheryl married Terry Pederson on Sept. 4th, 1976. Over the years she worked at the Rubber Mills, and Le Cue Club (Fayze’s),and also Fisherman’s Diner for over 20 years with the last 6 years being spent at Tom Sawyer’s as a waitress and cook. She loved her customers and always had a smile for them all. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially her grandkids. If there was a Packer or Brewer game on, you could always find her watching or listening to it. If you needed the score all you had to do was ask.

Sheryl is survived by her husband Terry of 41 years; her four children, Craig (Heidi) Pederson, Brooke (Lamont) Hardison, Jessica Pederson and Kyle Pederson; 8 grandchildren Olivia Pederson, L.J., Biancaand Lavonte Hardison, Mary Howell, Mario Snead, Alliyah Pederson, and Jayquan Robinson; two greatgrandchildren, Kailana Russ and Myah Howell; her mother Phyllis Galstad, 5 siblings Kathy (Sid) Baker, Tammy (Chuck) Highman, Jodi (Duane) Powers, Rhonda (Mike) Dalton and Ken (Amy) Kuester; In‐laws Bob (Sonja) Pederson, brother‐in‐law Jeff Pederson, sister‐in‐law Kris (Mark) Metzge, step brother Jeff Galstad and many cousins, nieces and nephews.



Janice I. Raasch, 89, of Onalaska/Coon Valley

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Janice I. Raasch, 89, of Onalaska and formerly of Coon Valley died Wednesday September 6, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. She was born September 26, 1927 to Arthur and Edna (Lupie) Kuester. Janice graduated from Viroqua High School.  She taught grades 1 to 4 at Neilsville before attending Dr. Martin Luther College where she graduated in 1948.  She accepted a call to Hadar, Nebraska where she taught grades 1 – 8 from 1948 to 1950.  Janice met her husband Raymond in Hadar and they were married June 12, 1949 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Chaseburg.  After the wedding they rode around in a manure spreader! They moved to La Crosse in 1951 and she accepted a call to 1st Lutheran School teaching grade 4 from 1951 to 1956 and again in the fall of 1959.  In January 1960 she quit teaching to raise her family of 4 boys and 2 girls.  Janice went back to school in 1968 and graduated from UW-La Crosse in 1973 with a degree in Elementary Education.  She then accepted a call from Mt. Calvary Lutheran School in La Crosse where she taught for 20 years. She was a member of the Coon Valley American Legion Auxiliary.



Inez T. Myhre, 92, rural Westby

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Inez T. Myhre, 92, of rural Westby, died Sunday August 20, 2017 at Vernon Manor in Viroqua.  She was born November 19, 1924 to Olius and Gunda (Engh) Role on Pumpkin Ridge in Coon Township, Vernon County.  Inez was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in Esofea.  She attended Brown School.  Inez married Eli Myhre on February 22, 1947 at the Bethany Lutheran Parsonage in Viroqua.  The couple lived in Coon Valley for a few years and then moved to the Myhre home farm in Jefferson Township.  In 1959 they moved to Springville.  When Eli retired in 1983, they built a home on their land near Esofea.  Inez was an active member of Bethany Lutheran Church and WELCA.  She was well known for her lefse and Norwegian treats.  Inez loved to have coffee and visit and spend time with her family and friends.



Frank G. Mangin, 61, of Sparta

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Frank G. Mangin, 61, went home to be with his Savior in the wee hours of the morning on Friday August 11, 2017, at his home in Sparta, WI, surrounded by his children and his wife.

He was born in Trenton, NJ on March 3, 1956, to John and Mildred Mangin(Morelli).

Frank grew up in the Catholic church.  He was baptized again as an adult at Living Faith Church in Viroqua, WI. Most recently he was a member of Grace Evangelical Free Church in Viroqua, WI.

He joined the Army from January 30, 1978 through January 29, 1981.  He was stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii for all 3 years.  He then completed an Associate’s degree in computer science at Hesser College.

Frank and Debi (Helstrom) Mangin were wed on November 29, 1986, in Whitinsville, MA.  They lived for two years in North Andover, MA, where Frank worked at Modicon as a technical trainer.  Then they moved to Whitinsville where they began to build their home in nearby East Douglas,  where he worked briefly at LTX  prior to returning to Modicon.  In 1994, Frank began working for Allen Bradley Corporation in Marlboro, MA, and the family lived in Brookfield.  In 1997 he began working for Yaskawa Electric Corp., leading them to move to Lindenhurst, IL, in 1998 and during that time he finished his Bachelor’s degree in business administration at Trinity International University.  He was eventually laid off for 2 years, when he started working as an independent contractor for Watlow in Richland, IL, and this eventually led to his job with Watlow in Winona, MN,  as a technical writer/training specialist for the past 13 years. 



Norman K. Lee, 78 of Coon Valley

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Norman K. Lee, 78, of Coon Valley died Sunday August 13, 2017 at his home.  He was born December 31, 1938 to Kelly and Lenora (Gilbertson) Lee.  He graduated from Westby High School in 1956 and served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958.  In his earlier years he worked in construction and was a painter. Norman married Marilyn Brye on December 9, 1967 in Mauston.  The couple lived in Mauston from 1967 to 1980 when they moved back to Coon Valley.  Norman worked in maintenance at Gundersen Health System until retiring in 2004.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, basketball, antiquing and spending time with his grandchildren.



Donna O. Nordstrom, 81, of Lodi/Coon Valley

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Donna O. Nordstrom, 81, of Lodi and formerly of Coon Valley, died Monday August 7, 2017 in Madison. She was born July 19, 1936 to Orion and Dena (Mathison) Tostrud and baptized and confirmed at Westby Coon Prairie Lutheran Church.  Donna graduated from Westby High School and UW-La Crosse. She married Charles Nordstrom on June 28, 1958.  Donna taught kindergarten in Cashton before teaching at Coon Valley Elementary School, where she taught 1st, 7th and 8th grades the rest of her career.  She moved to Lodi in 2014.  She was an active member of the Coon Valley Lutheran Church, WELCA and Ruth Circle.  Donna enjoyed scrapbooking, playing piano, following the Brewers and Packers and spending time with family.



Norman L. Oliver, 70, of Coon Valley

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Norman L. Oliver, 70, of Coon Valley, died Friday July 28, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. He was born November 8, 1946 to Clifford and Myrtle (Hooverson) Oliver. He attended school in Viroqua and Westby.  Norman helped farm and worked at the Chaseburg Creamery after graduation.  He enlisted in the US Navy in the spring of 1966 and was honorably discharged in 1972 after serving two tours in Vietnam.  He worked at the Chaseburg Creamery, Sara Lee Bakery, Westby Creamery and Wis-Pak, retiring in 2004 due to his health.  He was married to Joyce Oliver and they were later divorced.

He is survived by a sister, Georgann Carley of Beaumont, CA; 2 brothers, Dennis (Bonnie) Oliver of La Crosse and Tom (Karen) Oliver of Coon Valley; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.



Jerome "Jerry" D. Trussoni, 77, of Genoa

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Jerome “Jerry” D. Trussoni, 77, of rural Genoa passed away Friday July 21, 2017 at his home. He was born December 14, 1939 in rural Genoa to Lawrence and Laurena (Beyer) Trussoni.  He graduated from Aquinas High School in La Crosse.  Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Judy Joseph, in 1958 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Genoa.  He farmed, hauled milk and worked at Genoa Cheese Factory before working for 37 years as a machine operator for Trane Company in La Crosse.  He retired in 2002.  He raised many acres of tobacco over the years.

Jerry loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He loved to fish, deer hunt, bear hunt, golf and raise a large garden.  He enjoyed having company, his favorite recliner and his cat Whiskers.  Jerry took pleasure in laughing at family stories, reading the paper, and watching westerns, the Brewers and the Packers.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Steve (Aline) of Waunakee, Jeff (Tina) of DeSoto, Mike (Sharon) of Viroqua and Pat of DeSoto; daughters, Wanda (Dwight) Dach of Viroqua, and Kristi (Jerod) Skau of Urbandale, IA; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Naomi Roberts, Barry (Carole), Ruth (Tom) Lucas, Larry (Sharon), Jeanette Amundson and Al “Fritz” (Deb); 3 sisters-in-law, Mary Trussoni, Margie Hirschuber and Jayne (Dennis) Blihovde.



Eunice H. Albrecht, 96, of La Crescent

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Eunice H. Albrecht, 96 of La Crescent, MN, passed away July 5, 2017 at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.  She was born July 30, 1920 to Julius and Ellen (Hanson) Rudie on the home farm on the south ridge of Coon Valley.  Eunice was baptized and confirmed at the Coon Valley Lutheran Church.  She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in La Crosse for many years and the last few years returned to her home church in Coon Valley.  Eunice graduated from Viroqua High School and attended Coleman Vocational School and was employed by Gundersen Clinic as a medical secretary for the next 43 years.  Eunice married Robert H. Albrecht on October 5, 1944 and together they raised 5 children.  After retirement, Eunice volunteered at Gundersen Clinic and La Crescent Elementary School and spent numerous hours helping her older brother and sister.  She and Bob traveled to Europe, Canada, the western states and Florida. Bob passed away April 26, 1994.

Surviving are her children, Ellen Elmer of Tomah, Michael (Ruth) Albrecht of La Crescent, MN, Jeffrey (Beth) Albrecht of Pensacola, FL, Daniel (Lynn) Albrecht and Mary (Jerry) Miller both of La Crescent; her grandchildren, Dean (Kristin) Elmer, Karrie (Randy) Scholze, Robert Albrecht (Tina Fishel), Jennifer (Nick Bissen) Albrecht, Angela (Kamran) Basharat, Jeffrey Albrecht Jr. (Richard Martin), Nathan (Krissy) Albrecht, Tim Harger, Jennifer Reuss (Kevin), Nicholas (Jennifer) Pinch, Daniel Pinch; her great grandchildren, Cody (Kathryn Gadow) Scholze, Elliot Barnheart, Joshua Albrecht, Azra, Munibah, Sekunder, Isra and Hashim Basharat, Zoe Albrecht, Ashlyn and Sasha Vance, Joe Tans-Elmer, Bella Hurst, Brooklyn Pinch, Jedruik Pinch, Oliver Reuss and Elliott Reuss; 2 sisters-in-law Virginia Larson and Olive Rudie; a brother-in-law Richard Albrecht and many nieces and nephews.

Eunice is also survived by her very special friends Dr. Mary Nelson and Loris Rustad.



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